Jon lectures in Politics and Sociology. His research interests focus on the voluntary sector, the political sociology of charity, homelessness and the sociology of youth.
Jon started at Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 after completing a PhD examining how social class affects youth volunteering in the UK. This research used Pierre Bourdieu's ideas to show how the voluntary sector, despite being a part of society we expect to challenge inequalities often serves to reproduce them. This research has been published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntary Sector Review and the British Journal of the Sociology of Education.
Jon also has a keen interest in innovative and reflexive research methods. My first monograph, Doing Reflexivity: An Introduction, was published by Policy Press in 2017, and sought to provide researchers of all stages a rationale for being reflexive and a guide to doing it. Jon has also used drawing methods to explore homelessness, and soundscapes to document changes in universities.
My current research explores multiple facets of how charity is operationalized within society. The Doing Digital Charity project is investigating how young people perceive and experience charity on social media, how they interact with calls for donations or shares and retweets, and whether they feel comfortable with such public displays of morality and empathy. Jon is also currently working on a wide-ranging qualitative and theoretically-informed research project entitled The Symbolic Power of Charity, Jon is exploring charity's social role as persuader, manipulator and shortcut to presenting oneself as 'good'.
Jon is a Membership Officer for the Voluntary Sector Studies Network, and frequent peer reviewer for many leading Social Science journals and book publishers.
- Research Methods;
- Volunteering and Voluntary Sector;
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Social Sciences and Arts
Politics and Sociology
- BA Politics;
- BA Sociology;
- BA Applied Social Science;
- BA Criminology and Sociology;
- MRes Social Research.
- Introduction to Politics and Society;
- Shaping Societies;
- Research Methods in Politics;
- Youth: Chaos and Control;
- Charity and Community;
- Dissertation (Politics);
- Dissertation (Sociology);
- Dissertation (Masters in Research).
- Centre for Voluntary Sector Research
- Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies
Dean, J. (2020). Student perceptions and experiences of charity on social media: the authenticity of offline networks in online giving. Voluntary Sector Review: an international journal of third sector research, policy and practice. https://www.ingentaconnect.com/search/article?option1=tka&value1=Student+perceptions+and+experiences+of+charity+on+social+media.+the+authenticity+of+offline+networks+in+online+giving&pageSize=10&index=1
Dean, J. (2019). Book Review: A Cosmopolitan Journey? Difference, Distinction and Identity Work in Gap Year Travel. Helene Snee, . Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. ISBN: 9781409453031. Sociological research online, 24 (4), 727-728. http://doi.org/10.1177/1360780418806907
Bennett, E., Coule, T., Damm, C., Dayson, C., Dean, J., & Macmillan, R. (2019). Civil society strategy: A policy review. Voluntary sector review, 10 (2), 213-223. http://doi.org/10.1332/204080519X15617330887624
Dean, J. (2019). Prof it and Gift in the Digital Economy. SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE, 24 (2), 251-252. http://doi.org/10.1177/1360780418794971
Dean, J., Furness, P., Verrier, D., Lennon, H., Bennett, C., & Spencer, S. (2018). Desert island data: an investigation into researcher positionality. Qualitative Research, 18 (3), 273-289. http://doi.org/10.1177/1468794117714612
Dean, J., & Wood, R. (2017). ‘You can try to press different emotional buttons’: The conflicts and strategies of eliciting emotions for fundraisers. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 22 (4), e1603. http://doi.org/10.1002/nvsm.1603
Dean, J. (2017). Telethons: Spectacle, disability, and the business of charity. VOLUNTARY SECTOR REVIEW, 8 (3), 357-359. http://doi.org/10.1332/204080517X15072790381640
Dean, J. (2015). “Submitting Love?”: a sensory sociology of Southbourne. Qualitative Inquiry, 22 (3), 162-168. http://doi.org/10.1177/1077800415605050
Dean, J. (2015). Class diversity and youth volunteering in the UK : applying Bourdieu's habitus and cultural capital. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45 (1), 95S-113S. http://doi.org/10.1177/0899764015597781
Dean, J. (2015). Drawing what homelessness looks like : using creative visual methods as a tool of critical pedagogy. Sociological research online, 20 (1). http://doi.org/10.5153/sro.3540
Dean, J. (2014). The role of the reflexive self in mailer's protests. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 1 (2), 11-26. http://contentionjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Dean_Vol1Iss2.pdf
Dean, J. (2014). How structural factors promote instrumental motivations within youth volunteering : a qualitative analysis of volunteer brokerage. Voluntary Sector Review, 5 (2), 231-247. http://doi.org/10.1332/204080514X14013591527611
Dean, J. (2014). Recruiting young volunteers in an area of selective education : a qualitative case study. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 37 (4), 643-661. http://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2014.973016
Dean, J. (2014). Class Inequality in Austerity Britain: Power, Difference and Suffering. SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, 48 (2), 420-421. http://doi.org/10.1177/0038038513518375
Dean, J. (2013). Manufacturing citizens : the dichotomy between policy and practice in youth volunteering in the UK. Administrative Theory and Praxis, 35 (1), 46-62. http://doi.org/10.2753/ATP1084-1806350104
Dean, J. (2013). The representation and perception of need : the moral choices facing homelessness fundraisers. Homeless in Europe, 2012/3 (Winter), 21-22. http://www.feantsa.org/spip.php?article505&lang=en
Dean, J. (2013). What Is Qualitative Research? SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 61 (4), 845-847. http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12088
Breeze, B., & Dean, J. (2012). Pictures of me : user views on their representation in homelessness fundraising appeals. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 17 (2), 132-143. http://doi.org/10.1002/nvsm.1417
Dean, J. (2015). Desert Island Data : an experiment in researcher positionality and interpretivism. In Societies in transition : progression or regression : conference programme and abstract book. British Sociological Association: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/84184/Programme%20full.pdf?1429004265641
Dean, J. (2014). The images in our heads : fundraising literature and drawing what homelessness looks like. In Changing society : conference programme and abstarct book. British Sociological Association: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/66437/AC2014_Final_Conf_Prog.pdf?1429005319041
Dean, J. (2013). A market to sell experience: how neoliberal volunteering policies trade on the pressures of being young. In 42nd ARNOVA Conference : Recession, renewal, revolution? Nonprofit and coluntary action in an age of turbulence, Hertford, Connecticut, 21 November 2013 - 23 November 2013.
Dean, J. (2012). 'It's just part of what they do': Habitus, social class and youth volunteering policy. In University of Kent Sociology Seminar Series.
Dean, J. (2011). Volunteering and social class : a narrative approach. In ARNOVA Conference 2011, Toronto, Canada, 17 November 2011 - 19 November 2011.
Dean, J. (2011). Challenging narratives : the importance of informal volunteering. In NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference 2011, NCVO, London, 7 September 2011 - 8 September 2011.
Dean, J. (2011). Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys : governmentality, state power and the responsibilization of youth. In Contesting the State Conference, University of Kent, 13 May 2011.
Dean, J. (2010). Youth volunteering policy : the rise of governmentality. In Voluntary Action History Society Conference 2010, University of Kent at Canterbury, 14 July 2010 - 16 July 2010.
Dean, J. (2010). ‘I’ve never met them or spoken to them’: statutory and voluntary sector relationships - a case study approach to understanding youth volunteering. In NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference 2010, 6 September 2010 - 7 September 2010.
Dean, J., Honeywell, C., & Price, A. (2019). Volunteering: From Social Control to Prefigurative Participation. In Eikenberry, A.M., Mirabella, R.M., & Sandberg, B. (Eds.) Reframing Nonprofit Organizations: Democracy, Inclusion, and Social Change. Melvin & Leigh
Dean, J. (2017). Monkey Island. In The 100 Greatest Video Game Franchises. (1st). Rowman and Littlefield
Dean, J. (2015). Volunteering. In Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, Third Edition. (pp. 1-7). CRC Press: http://doi.org/10.1081/e-epap3-120051793
Dean, J. (2020). The Good Glow Charity and the Symbolic Power of Doing Good. Policy Press. https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/the-good-glow
Breeze, B., & Dean, J. (2012). User views of fundraising. Alliance Publishing Trust. http://www.cgap.org.uk/uploads/reports/USER_VIEWS_OF_FUNDRAISING.pdf
- Editorial Board of Sociological Research Online;
- Editorial Board of Voluntary Sector Review;
- Member of the British Sociological Association;
- Member of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network;
- Member of the Association for Research on Non-profit Organisations and Voluntary Action;
- Member of the WRDTP Advanced Qualitative Methods Panel.
- Sarah Boodt (EdD): Placement experiences of trainee teachers in further education;
- Ruth Squire (PhD): The role of third sector organisations in widening participation policy.